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ISSUE DATE: 08/25/2014

Nebraska wheat farmer leads by example

By Jennifer M. Latzke

It’s wheat harvest in southwest Nebraska and Dan Hughes is a bit concerned.

The winter wheat on his family’s farm near Venango, Nebraska, is some of the best he’s seen in years. But, with a hard rainstorm the night before, he may not be able to get equipment into the field this morning. And he knows every second of delay piles up at the scales.

“Half of our wheat is cut and we still have another half to cut,” Hughes said. “The weeds are starting to come on because of the extreme rains we’ve had.”

But Hughes has been farming long enough that he knows the sun will come out, the ground will dry up and harvest will be completed when Mother Nature chooses to cooperate. You just have to have patience and a Plan B.

Plan B means checking in on the phone with his son Tyler Hughes and daughter Ashley Colglazier to see what needs to be done around the farm during this rain delay.

Of all the hats Hughes wears—husband, father, brother, farmer, leader, political candidate—he takes pride in his emerging role as advisor to his grown children who returned to the family farm, and they are taking on more and more responsibilities. And he hopes, like his father before him, he’s set a good example for them to follow.

“Tyler and Ashley both went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” Hughes said. “In high school they both knew that they wanted to come back and farm on the family farm.” Dan and his wife Josie promised if that’s what their children wanted, then they would have all the support they would need.


NEWS

Bright ideas fly through the night skies
Congresswoman Jenkins' bill to provide care for patients & providers in rural communities passes fa
Credit conditions remain solid despite lower farm income
Democrat believes Kansas needs a change at top
Kansas Department of Agriculture relocates to Manhattan
Libertarian likes his odds in a 3-way race for governor
More than 5,000 students later, K-State's Burton to give 'Last Lecture'
Nanoparticle-based coating helps stop water from beading
New online challenge 'Prepare Kansas' can help individuals, families get disaster-ready
Non-profit, community, tribal and faith-focused grant writing seminar to be held in Ponca City
Russia bans food from West in reaction to sanctions
Sens. Moran and Roberts work to protect producers from consequences of lesser prairie-chicken listin
USDA funds broadband expansion in rural Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas
USDA Rural Development funds repair frozen transmission line in Barneston

CROPS

2014 Wheat Field Days Yield Contest names winners
Active crop pests to watch for in this late growing season
Applicants sought for 2014-2015 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program
Back on dry land
Drought and poor wheat harvest in Kansas has effects on national economy
Extension to host Servsafe food safety certification course
Grain inspections to resume at Port of Vancouver
How much rent should I get for my farm?
July election results for directors on Nebraska Soybean Board
Kansas pre-proposals approved to submit full proposals for RCPP funding
Living and Working on the Land conference Sept. 3-4 in Sheridan
Miller elected to Texas Plant Protection Association board of directors
Nebraska wheat farmer leads by example
Nebraska Wheat Growers Association elects new executive board member
New AgriLife Extension agent hired in Dickens County
Osowski Ag Service: A harvester is never really idle
Scientists find a 'bio-bandage' for banged-up potatoes
Sept. 1 deadline approaching for CALP
South Dakota's soil health challenge: Don't be left in the dust
Spotted wing drosophila: fruit-damaging flies on the rise
Storage problems likely with bumper corn crop
USDA Rural Development assists Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Center with needed improvements
USDA-ARS Research Station marks centennial Sept. 4
Wade Brorsen first OSU agricultural economist to be named AAEA Fellow in 30 years
Water + Energy Progress Awards highlight innovators in Kansas
Z Crew: Hitting a routine

LIVESTOCK

2014 Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Awards announced
Aug. 26 Webinar: Understanding sheep nutrition
BCI launches new Animal Care Training website
Bison Association receives $103,000 grant to expand bison herds
Cattle feeder offers Floridians recipe for success
Cowboys ride rhyme to victory in Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest
Dan Moser to lead Angus Genetics Inc.
EPA, Corps hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority
Gatlin Goodson of Shattuck named All-Around Junior Cattleman of the Year
Genuine Genetics special insert deadline is approaching
Harmon named interim director of ISU's Iowa Pork Industry Center
ICA bull test starts 30th year; reservations due Sept. 5
Lean beef: Building on a success story
Long-time KLA CEO Dee Likes stepping down at year's end
Nationwide support for sheep station
Southwest Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing and Grazing Academy is Sept. 12-13 in Neosho
Ticks can make horses sick
Tips for a successful calving season
Two MU meetings set to explain dairy margin protection program
USDA to launch first national study of the U.S. ranched-bison industry
USMEF hosts congressional delegation from Mexico

EDITOR

I work with some talented people
Who has the keys?
Will public research keep up with demands on agriculture?

COLUMNS

Diesel engine insurance offered
Farm and rural advocates find new terms of engagement
Farmers helping to evaluate company's line
Formulation reduces copper sulfate use
High cotton
Looking for a few good heifers
Patent issued for all natural solution
Pesticide approved for Texas sorghum
Show animals are food animals
The honor box

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales summary
Apache livestock auction report
Corn, wheat close higher
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dry conditions exacerbated by heat in some areas COlorado
Dryland crops stressing if missed rains Kansas
Georgia livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay cutting well underway New Mexico
Hay trade slow
High Plains direct slaughter sales report
Joplin livestock auction report
Most hay prices steady, light demand in some areas
Much needed rain arrives Missouri
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Precipitation minimal this week Arkansas
Scattered rain showers reported South Dakota
Small grain harvest underway Montana
Some dryland crops needing rain, showing stress Nebraska
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional livestock auction report

RANGE

Bermudagrass stem maggot invades Southern states
MU tool helps farmers decide on pasture insurance

FAMILY

4-H educator begins in Sheridan County
Aid for ailing plants
Be a MyPlate Champion!
Cleveland County Master Gardener training classes now offered
Extension workshop on canning salsas, tomatoes and fruits
Howard has an attractive facade
Look beyond high fructose corn syrup
Meditation
Salads, salads, salads
Spring planting season: Select the right tree
The lawn in August

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